The New York Times was the first to report this last week.
Just days after the New York Times reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested secretly recording President Donald Trump and recruiting cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment, Rosenstein was summoned to the White House on Monday where he reportedly expects to be fired.
This means that the White House could be trying to get word out that Rosenstein resigned as part of a spin campaign to justify Trump being given total power to appoint his replacement.
If Rosenstein resigns, Trump has more leeway on replacing him while firing him would make it harder for Trump to designate a successor.
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Rosenstein has final authority over special counsel Robert S. Mueller's investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation and possible obstruction of justice by the president in that probe after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the matter a year ago.
Rosenstein plays a key role in overseeing the probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which Trump calls a politically motivated "witch hunt".
Solicitor General Noel Francisco, the highest-ranking Senate confirmed official below Rosenstein in the Justice Department, would take control of the Mueller investigation.
Rosenstein was confirmed to the deputy attorney general post by an overwhelmingly bipartisan Senate vote of 94-6 previous year. But the Federal Vacancies Reform Act isnt clear on whether or not the president has that same authority if Rosenstein is fired.
The administration official, whom Trump has called for a federal investigation to unmask, wrote that there was a group of officials working to safeguard the country from the president's most unsafe impulses. It has examined, among other things, consulting work of top Trump campaign aides, interactions during the transition period between Trump officials and foreign government representatives and efforts by Russian Federation to meddle in the 2016 presidential election on Trump's behalf.